Sunday, November 29, 2009

Eyes, the color of blueberries

When Adam first described Alaura's eyes as the color of blueberries I was taken back - delightfully so....and then I looked closely - and it is true - her eyes are the color of blueberries -

I can't quite figure out how to type above or below a picture. Hmmmm - well, these are all of Alaura and her opening her gifts from us. etc. Also, we went to dinner at Skipp's restaurant - and Jen and Jo'el met us there - we had a delicious meal and a really fun time. :-) That is a picture of Skipp with the two grand kids.

It has been a wonderful time for all of us - this chapter is written now - it is a good chapter filled with all good things for her to have, forever. They leave in the morning for Virginia to spend Christmas with Adam's Mom and Step Dad.

And now, some moments for us to reflect and give thanks for this gift of time with Adam and Alaura - the ability to share our home, our love, our life of peace and hope, understanding and fun. :-)

we will spend some time straightening out the house, cleaning up the bathrooms and a quick vacuum - and then have some quiet time with a glass of wine and a nice fire in our wood stove later - a simple meal and a good nights sleep. So very much to feel good about - so very much to believe in -

and please remember prayers for my Mom - as we continue on now with some more tests and medication additions and adjustments. Life has offered us so much this week - every emotion is alive.


The-Grizzled-But-Still-Incorrigible-Scribe-Himself! said...

Hey…I returned! :-)

I bet you had a fine time. Kids make the holidays.

FYI, on that typing below a certain photo…

…you have to either type all your text first, then load the photos (in reverse order, bottom one first, top one last) and when the photos are all up, copy and paste the sections of text you want under each photo…

…or, load all the photos first (still in reverse order) and just type your text between them as you write your post.

I use the first method, usually, unless I'm just writing what amounts to long captions under each photo; then I use the other technique.

PENolan said...

The color of blueberries?
Lucky girl - surrounded by so much love.

Gail said...


I am so happy you came back so soon.

And thanks for the directions on pictures and typing in text. phew.

Love to you

Gail said...


The color is amazing. And yes, she is surrounded by love. I am so glad to see you too -

Love Gail'

cinner said...

Gail, She is a little darlin, good to see your family together and making memories. I continue praying for your Mom, I am sure all your emotions are right there for sure. My prayers are with you, a big hug from me. Don't overdo it okay. I know sometimes easier said than done. love ya

Teacher's Pet said...


Diana said...

Hi Gail,
I will say a prayer for your mom. I am so happy to see the joy that you are experiencing with your family right now. You all look so happy.

Katie is waiting for the computer right now but I will email you tomorrow about how I do my photos.

It will take awhile to explain. But it's the easiest way for me.
Love Di

Bernie said...

What a beautiful post, so full of love and hope.....may you always be this happy my friend and your granddaughter is beautiful.

I was going to e-mail about typing below your photos but Grizz has explained it, I always post my photo's then place my cursor under them, it's just easier for me that way....I have learned so much about blogging from my blogging friends and still have much to learn...Wanda taught me how to do my photo's.......:-) Hugs

tattytiara said...

I love that description, and isn't that a charming batch of photos! I wandered over from Cinner's blog - all my best wishes for your mom.

anupama said...

Dear Gail,
Alaura looks so beautiful with eyes like blueberries!we can feel the love among the family are blessed!
wishing you a wonderful month filled with fun,laughter n enjoyment,

Wanda said...

Your tree and early celebration with Alaura are beautiful Gail, I see Alaura's pretty blue eyes probably come from you. I love the last photo of her, there's something special about little girls and messy hair(I mean that in a complimentary way). One of my favorite photos of my g/daughter Amanda was with her hair very messy!
Glad you are enjoying a fire, I remember that large stack of firewood you have! We haven't used any of ours yet, but it's suppose to get coler Thursday, maybe then!

Enjoy the cold days by your fire Gail, it makes warm memories!

Eileen said...

Love the title of this post! How sweet!
And three has to be just about the best age! I'm glad she was able to spend time with you, such a Blessing for you all.

And your unwinding time sounds Heavenly too!

I will keep your Mom and your family in my prayers. You hit the nail on the head when you said it's such a mixture of emotions for you at this time.
It's like we have these little compartments for joy, sadness, despair, desperation, uncertainty, happiness, fulfillment, and then there are times in our lives when the compartments break open and spill out into one puddle, sometimes you don't know how to feel at any given moment. I remember when my Mom was far gone with the Alzheimer's, on her way out of our lives and Jayden was just entering. It was a strange time emotionally, it was a year of 'the roller coaster of emotion'.

Lots of love to you, Gail ~

Gail said...

You are so right about how the emotions sometimes spill into a puddle and take over. And your example of Jayden arriving and your Mom going really helped me to understand what I am feeling. You are amazing Eileen.

Oh my I so understand the beauty of the messy hair. She just woke pp and was all new and smelled like innocent sleep.
They are on the road now, heading South. And we will enjoy our wine and fire after we get back from the store. Thank you so much for all you do and say to make our Village so safe and loving and interesting.

thank you so much for visiting me. And I so appreciate your kind and loving words to me. I will be sure and stop by to visit you. And, any friend of Cinner's is a friend of mine. She is good stuff.

So good to see you, as azlways. I love your comments SO much because you so appreciate all the nuances and unique details of life. ANd you are so right about how helpful our blog friends are. Such a gift. Love to you my friend.

Thanks Jackie!! :-)


thank you for the prayers for my Mom. Tomorrow is the ultrasound. And I received your help about the photos. Thank you SO much.

thank you so much for the prayers for my Mom.

I am a bit tired from all the extra activity these past few days but I am fine., My husband just said he will do the shopping that way I can stay home and take my time showering and doing my hair and just catching up with myself. He is a gem - he cleaned the bathrooms and vacuumed too. Amazing. I made us breakfast and cleaned the kitchen. It's all good.

thank you so much for your kind words about Alaura and also for all the well-wishes. I will stop by to see you soon.

love to you all

Rose Marie Raccioppi said...

Alaura, is such a beautiful sounding name. And Alaura is most certainly reflective of her name, blueberry colored eyes and sweetness complete. The photos are indeed a joy. Happy for the love filled time shared.

Prayers and Healing Hugs sent to your MOM.

Much love, Rose Marie

Gail said...


"thank you" for your kind words about Alaura and her name, which, by the way, is Alaura Zaylen!! Very Celtic.
And I so appreciate your prayers for my Mom, Louise - "Liberata" - her birth name in Italian. :-) Today I am taking her for the ultrasound.

Love to you my friend

Choices said...

Hi Gail,
Just getting back myself from a wonderful and relaxing holiday.
So, glad that you had a great time with your family! Sending hugs and prayers for your Mom.
Take care of yourself.

Gail said...


so nice to see you - and so good to hear you had a relaxing time. :-) thanks for the prayers for my Mom.
talk soon

Love to you

Mark said...

I love the description of "Blueberry eyes".

Silindile Ntuli said...

Colour of blueberries? Wow that's a nice unique colour. You've got a special kid there;)

Gail said...

nice to meet you and thank you for your kind words